The Will

This week’s post comes from Scott Peterson.

“It’s not the will to win that matters – everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.” -Coach “Bear” Bryant

I came across this quote a couple of months ago and have since been reflecting on it. I love the quote, but I could not figure out why. Then, it hit me. 

Everyone loves the event, the win, and the celebration. But the things that make the biggest difference, have the biggest impact, and the things that people are most proud of are the items that have a journey and a destination/win. 

OK, I know that sounds really deep like “Take the pebble from my hand grasshopper.” (A quote from Will Ferrell’s philosophical movie Kicking and Screaming.), but hang in there with me. The journey is just as important as the win/destination. The journey is about leadership (SAM/POC/GRAD) and serving the client and the team. The journey entails:

·        Planning

·        Having determination and grit to deal with all the changes and challenges that pop up

·        Developing people around you (helping them succeed during this journey and being better prepared for the next journey)

·        Keeping the goal/direction in front of the team 

·        Setting people up for success (clients and teams)

The will to prepare is about paying the price before the victory. Many of the items in the list above will not be seen by others, however, their impact is huge and they are all necessary in order for the client and the team to cross the finish line and win. 

One final thought. Don’t rush through the journey. Enjoy the journey and excel during it by continuing to lead the Interstates Way!
Scott Peterson


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